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Epidurals Lead to Additional Interventions

Monday, 17 November 2008 18:34

From the archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, comes this study on epidurals. It shows that women undergoing epidural analgesia demonstrated a prolonged second stage of labour, a higher rate of episiotomy and an increased use of oxytocin to augment labour. These results are not so new, they have been shown in numerous studies previously and this study is just another confirmation of the intervening effects of using epidurals. The conclusion of this study, however is where I become most perplexed. Because it does not compromise integrity to the woman's woman's birth canal, it's ok!! Will they ever get it!?